This week, as part of National Carers Week 2021, we are recognising the significant contribution unpaid carers make to families and communities across the UK by coming together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued. Carers are continuously facing new challenges, particularly this year throughout the COVID-19 pandemic where many people have taken on more caring responsibilities for their friends and relatives who find it difficult to look after themselves.
Am I a Carer?
There are currently 6.5 million carers in the UK, however, many people don’t realise they’re a carer and this can cause them to miss out on much needed support and recognition.
By definition, a carer is someone who provides care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who needs extra support as they grow older. This can include helping someone wash, dress and eat, doing their shopping, keeping them company, providing emotional support and taking them to regular appointments. The amount of support that carers provide can vary, ranging from a few hours a week to providing care both day and night.
What support can I receive as a Carer?
If you’re a Watford Community Housing resident with caring responsibilities, you don’t have to face it alone. If you are struggling, please get in contact with the following organisations to get you the support you need:
If you are in need of any financial support, please also contact our Tenancy Support team.